Sunday, February 28, 2010


Thursday gets emo on this last week of February, double G ten with a quasi psychedelic slow mo montage featuring Ben Gore, Cesar Fernandez, and saturated woodsman Clint Peterson. Take a couple deep breaths, an early lunch break, and realign your Chi with 1:30 of skate Zen now.

Thunder threw up a new video today. Check it out, Mark Appleyard knows frontside feebles.

Lil’ Baby Greg Myers popped up seven years ago now—although it sounds weird to hear it—in the DC Video, so it must feel good for DC to see him grow into a young man who can still shred the shit out of the stuntwood. See the grown beast kill it in his new Skateboarding Is Forever part, which premiered last night. Doesn’t hurt that he skated to Nihilist. Those dudes rip.

SKATE/explain is a new feature that takes shit in skateboarding and tries to explain whatever comes to mind, whether it’s an obvious skate-related question, something you might Wikipedia but don’t have the time, or a random tangential association that makes you wonder what the f—k it has to do with anything. But, we’ll keep it interesting, so pay attention, you might learn something. Or not…whatever.
First it was Olly Todd and then it was Lucien Clarke who left their big-named USA sponsors to go back to their London roots. Palace Skateboards, a board brand born out of a crew of skate rats that lived together in a few shitty skate houses, has recently grown in it’s ranks. Before it was a company, it was just a bunch of homies, the Palace Waywards, which included, among others, more notable members like Andrew Brophy, Chewy Cannon, Rory Milanes, Danny Brady, Nick Jensen, Benny Fairfax, Joey Pressey, Snowy, Charlie Young and Oliver Todd. As many of the aforementioned are on other companies, Palace is distinct from the Waywards, but borne of the same love of riding skateboards and, as they say, “attracting fit birds.”
But, with Lucien Clarke’s split from Element Europe and this clip on the Internet, I searched back into Palace Waywards’ janky videophone clips, like “Lucien Clarke” and “Lucien Clarke will always be featch” and, after watching the skating, wondered what that unintelligible and disjointed music was. I will admit that I enjoy some forms of this weird techno/rap/I-don’t-know-how-to-describe-it stuff. However, I’ve heard others twist their face up and vomit out, “Whatthef—kisthisshit?” whenever they get in ear-shot of the tunes.
Well, that shit is called grime, a type of music that first emerged out of Bow, East London in the early 2000s. It’s not for everyone, but it’s quite popular in England and abroad. You’d be hard pressed to find an Englishman who doesn’t know what it is, but for everyone else who’s never heard it before, it’s basically a mix of other musical genres like UK garage (not to be confused with Iggy and the Stooges garage rock, UK Garage is an electronic dance music with a percussive rhythm, shuffling hi-hats and beat-skipping kick drums), dance hall and hip hop. Some of the artists better known worldwide are Lady Sovereign (signed to Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records) and Dizzie Rascal and, for that reason, they’ve gone a little more pop.

Turns out, though, that the mind behind Palace skateboards, Lev Tanju, knows some of these grime artists from his friends over at, where Lev also has a reoccurring broadcast called the Palace Waywards Global Skateboarding News. If you’re so inclined, you can watch more Palace madness and learn more about the loveable lyrical gibberish and scratchy ruckus that is underground Grime…and see Lucien’s welcome video: Palace-Menace-Lucien.

Peep this link to the first episode of Tum Yeto’s pocket cam. Featuring Nick Trapasso, Dan Murphy, Corey Duffel, Leo Romero, David Reyes, Nick Merlino, Abdias Rivera & a few other Foundation & Toy Machine team riders.

A huge congrats goes out to JT Aultz and his wife Amanda on the birth of their baby girl Lucy!


New Skating Program for Paraplegics and Quadriplegics Launches in Venice, CA
Life Rolls On Introduces “They Will Skate Again”
Life Rolls On will launch its first “They Will Skate Again” event at the newly-opened Venice Skate park on Friday, Mar. 5 at 11 a.m.  A revolutionary skating program that is the first of its kind, They Will Skate Again empowers paraplegics and quadriplegics with the opportunity to skateboard adaptively.  Music provided by Power106 and an exciting professional skating demonstration will prepare participants and spectators for a spectacular day of skating.
Professional skater and industry pioneer of the Dogtown Z-Boys Jim Muir, Venice skating legend Jesse Martinez and Ezekiel team rider Derek Fukuhara will be among the skating instructors. Joining them will be actor and skateboarding enthusiast Scott Caan, along with his friends and local Venice skaters Steve Olson, Alex Olson and Scott Oster. Professional chair skaters Christiaan Bailey and Aaron Fotheringham will also make a special appearance and serve as guest coaches.  Fotheringham made history by successfully landing the first wheelchair back-flip. Bailey, who sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of a skating accident, currently serves as an ambassador for Life Rolls On (LRO).
Friday, March 5, 2010
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
*Media check-in begins at 10:30 a.m.; event participation is closed, but spectators are welcome!
Venice Skate Park (1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA)

Bob “The Bullet” Biniak, original Z-Boy, passed away Thursday in Florida due to cardiac arrest. Glen E. Friedman shares some personal thoughts and classic photos of Bob on his site. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We’ll be skating hard for Bullet this weekend.